Brian and I have been training together off and on for 7 years. The first time we consistently ran together was our senior year in high school. He was recovering from a really intense shoulder surgery and wanted to get back in shape for his upcoming athletic seasons. I jumped on this chance to get him to run with me and we ended up training together for close to 4 months.
Then we would run together when we were visiting each other in MD or NC. Most of the time I would lie to him about how far we were going and trick him into running 6 or 7 miles with me. He didn't love that. It wasn't until this past fall that we started logging miles together a few times a week. There are definitely pros and cons to working out with your best friend/partner--we didn't always do a great job at it hehe. But 7 years later we feel pretty solid doing it together and here's what we've learned so far:)
my throbbing thick thighs
sweat slipping down my spine
each breath blasting through my ear drums
climbing me from the base to the peak
more religion than the stained glass
I walk to the edge of the road, gravel crunching under my Hokas and a slight evergreen stained breeze dusting my face. Goosebumps run down my spine, not out of chill but fascination. My only decision was turn left or right. I turn right. Immediately I start pushing up the hill, my legs turning over much quicker than they normally would. We had been in the car close to the entire day. We woke up in Cracker Barrel parking lot after a restless night, stumbled in for some sweet golden nectar and then got back on the road. Stress was a building most of the day. He and I were just not mushing right today. It was upsetting and confusing because I couldn’t pinpoint why.
Life has been chaotic in a really wonderful way recently. But chaos is still chaos and that makes me sleepy. And these past few weeks have forced me to take a step away from my ego and become gentle with my body and my mind. I certainly don't see myself as a prideful person--if anything perhaps my self assessments could be a bit higher--but the recent rush of highs and lows have stunted me.
I've been talking about this a little on here but one of my goals recently has to become a faster, more efficient runner. Part of this is coming from having PRs that are a few years old and could use some updating but the other part is from seeing other runners on instagram who have these beautiful, comfortable looking strides. I'm not turning this into how women shouldn't fall into the "comparison trap" in social media because (1) I feel we all already know that and it's being talked into the ground and (2) that's not what this piece is about at all!
Rather than making me feel shitty, when I see those photos of Deena or Alexi or Emma, I'm inspired! I want to work harder to become more strong and powerful. So I started doing some research on the topic and surprisingly it wasn't as easy as I thought. Not the actual getting faster--of course that's going to be hard--but finding resources that are detailed and accurate, that was actually a challenge.
Here you will find a compilation of nonprofit organizations working both domestically and internationally to support their individual missions through community and running! Each organization is doing some incredible work, so I've linked ways for us to get involved with each organization, along with a small bio. Maybe one specific mission really speaks to you! If you know of an organization that is not included in this please let me know and I will update the post!
Hello my sweet pals! I hope you are feeling loved and happy and warm tonight. I am curled up drinking hot tea with milk and honey while I type this and it's just feeling really wonderful. I wanted to tell you about my run today because I feel like we may be at a breakthrough moment. You know when you are running/training/grinding for weeks and weeks and maybe you start to wonder when the improvements will peak their lil heads out from your legs and super-mario charge you up the climb? Yes, yes we all have felt that before.